Floyd Mayweather in a rare change has spoken in his own words and has had a few things to say about who he really is outside of the who ‘Money’ Mayweather gimmick is that people see.

Yes, it’s a gimmick that has worked well for him business-wise.

Incredibly well to be fair.

But a gimmick none the less. To understand it, you have to go back to when he was called ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather.

Not long after leaving promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, he hooked up with business adviser Al Haymon and then adopted the whole ‘Money’ Mayweather persona.

While the nickname wasn’t fully fledged before the Oscar De La Hoya fight, that’s when the bad boy, money obsessed image emerged.

Right around the same time as the global downturn.

The result?

People tuned in to either watch him lose or win. Either way, they bought his pay per view.

Mayweather made a fortune, retired and the rest was history.

I met a lot of people in Las Vegas over the last few years, local Americans who live there, who didn’t have very kind things to say about him to be honest.

But, I have always defended him based on my experiences in his boxing gym, where his family and the people working there could not have been any more accommodating or obliging in fairness.

Most people I know who have been there have said the same.

Mayweather’s leading fighter under his promotional banner Gervonta Davis has blasted his promoter this week, looking like he wants to leave.

Whether this is a subtle reply to that, who knows, but any rate, good to see him keeping it real for a change on Instagram:

“People do not acknowledge “Little Floyd”. They do not recognize “Pretty Boy Floyd”. All they see is the “Money Mayweather” persona, the luxurious lifestyle and think that this was handed to me. Before the jets, yachts, Bugatti’s etc., I was always on my grind. I fought my way from poverty to the top; I am often scrutinized for being cocky or arrogant, but I have every right to be! When you put the hard work, dedication, focus & determination into a craft over a lifetime, great results usually reflects. We now live in a world where everyone wants instant gratification. I worked extremely hard my entire life, retired undefeated, made great investments, and I deserve to live an incredible lifestyle!”

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People do not acknowledge “Little Floyd”. They do not recognize “Pretty Boy Floyd”. All they see is the “Money Mayweather” persona, the luxurious lifestyle and think that this was handed to me. Before the jets, yachts, Bugatti’s etc., I was always on my grind. I fought my way from poverty to the top; I am often scrutinized for being cocky or arrogant, but I have every right to be! When you put the hard work, dedication, focus & determination into a craft over a lifetime, great results usually reflects. We now live in a world where everyone wants instant gratification. I worked extremely hard my entire life, retired undefeated, made great investments, and I deserve to live an incredible lifestyle! Photo Credit: @jamielynn

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